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Hornets Bite Bucks 94-87

The Milwaukee Bucks waited patiently for newly acquired point guard Sam Cassell to join the lineup.

Now, they'll have to wait even longer.

Cassell, acquired from New Jeray at the trading deadline, made his Milwaukee debut Sunday night but re-sprained his right ankle in the Bucks' 94-87 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.

Eddie Jones scored 23 points and David Wesley added 16 for Charlotte, which took command with a 10-0 run to open the fourth quarter and pull away from a 70-70 tie.

The Bucks had pulled within five when Cassell went down with 3:01 left.

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  • "I turned it. Again," said Cassell, a key component in the three-team deal that saw the Bucks trade point guard Terrell Brandon. "I don't feel too good about it right now."

    "I tried to get a rebound and came down on a player's foot from the opposite team," Cassell said. "I rolled my ankle over. The ligaments that were healed, I probably tore them again."

    Cassell was playing for the first time after missing six games since the trade. He scored 13 points and had four assists in 26 minutes before re-injuring his ankle. He was carried from the court by teammates and is scheduled for X-rays Monday.

    Jones scored seven consecutive points to cap a 10-point run to open the fourth quarter as Charlotte went up 80-70.

    The Bucks closed to 88-85 on a basket by Glenn Robinson with 2:12 left, but Wesley countered with a 3-pointer to make it 91-85.

    Robinson hit two free throws with 1:14 left to make it 91-87, but the Bucks did not score again.

    "I think we are really are playing the game together," Jones said. "Nobody's getting selfish at all with the ball. Everybody's getting it to the open guy."

    Robinson led Milwaukee with 19 points and Ray Allen had 16.

    Milwaukee trailed 49-38 at the half, but used a 13-5 spurt to regain the lead for the first time since early in the second quarter. Dell Curry's jmper put the Bucks in front 60-59 with 4:54 left in the quarter.

    Chucky Brown's 3-pointer at the buzzer tied it 70-70 entering the final quarter.

    "It was satisfying because we got a nice lead, knowing they were going to come back," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "We just kept plugging away and plugging away and good things happened."

    Notes: Charlotte is 3-0 at home and 2-3 on the road since Paul Silas took over as coach. ... Charlotte is 15-1 against Milwaukee when holding the Bucks under 100 points. ... Hornets center Charles Shackleford left the game with a jammed toe. ... Bucks center Ervin Johnson's 12 points were a season high.

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